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Food for (Positive) Thought: Breakfast out of Bed

I am not a morning person. In fact, I am so not a morning person that, if I had my druthers, I’d sleep through the whole thing and only wake up once the clock hit 12:00PM. The problem with not being a morning person, however, is that the world keeps turning, even if I stay under the covers.

For this reason, I am teaching myself to not only wake up earlier, but to eat breakfast, as well. As we all know by now, breakfast jumpstarts our bodies,helps our metabolism get going for the day, and provides us with energy to make it through the morning.

It took me awhile, but I’ve found a few good A.M. dining options that are easy to make and I thought I’d share them with you. If a bleary-eyed, morning-hater like me can make them with enough time to still hit the snooze button once (okay, thrice), so can you.

  •  Scooped-out Bagel with Light Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomato, and a Chiffonade of Basil
    • Sounds labor-intensive and sorta fancy; is really easy and… sorta fancy. How could you not feel like getting the day going with those lovely little ribbons of fresh basil!? Chiffonade is not just for the evening, my friends.

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  • Frozen Waffle with Peanut Butter
    • I like Van’s organic waffles – and Skippy (non organic) peanut butter. I realize that as a regular Whole Foods shopper I should probably have organic, but I just can’t take stirring that oil around the jar. Especially so early in the day.
    • Fruit on Hand?: Add some sliced banana or some berries
    • Note for those on-the-go: this is a good portable breakfast, too. I take it along while I walk my dog.

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  • Oatmeal with dried cranberries and brown sugar
    • If you want to be lazy: make a big batch and reheat it for breakfast the next two mornings. Just stir in a little milk before microwaving.
    • If you want to be indulgent: stir in half and half, not milk.
  •  Protein Smoothie
    • I usually wait to have this until after I workout, but sometimes I split it in half, and have some before and some after. I’m crazy like that. (If you use a Contigo metal coffee cup, your protein shake will stay frozen through your whole workout. Just make the shake before you head to the gym.)
    • If you make one for me: I like ½ a banana, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, ice, and some milk (as you can see from the picture below).
    • If you make one for you: try out some of these delicious-looking options: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothie. Let me know which one you like best!

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So, dear readers: Are you morning people? What do you like to eat for your first meal of the day?

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (10/13/14)

Let’s Do Lunch: Tartines are one of my favorite foods to eat in Paris, yes, but also in my own home. And while I’ll never forsake grilled cheese, I do love both styles of sandwich; they make for such quick-and-easy, vegetarian-friendly fare! And they’re delicious! Here are some great recipes, perfect for a late Saturday lunch tomorrow afternoon: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/dining/grilled-cheese-try-a-tartine-recipe-instead.html

Social Psychology & The Dinner Plate: Interesting article from Psychology Today covering Paul Rozin’s research on the psychology of nutrition: http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201409/food-and-mood/the-psychology-nutrition?tr=HomeColItem

The President and First Lady seem to love hugs, too!
The President and First Lady seem to love hugs, too! – p/c Scout Tufikijan/David Burnett

Happy to Hug: As a serial hugger, I was stunned to read about people who are so hug-averse that they will actually tell their students “don’t touch me.” But I agree that most people are, as the article notes, coming out of the “don’t hug” bubble – and are receiving affection with open arms. (Friday Fun: check out the funny Channing Tatum video that the article references) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/fashion/the-bro-hug-embracing-a-change-in-custom.html?ref=fashion&smid=tw-nytstyles&_r=0

Trusting Your Movements: Do you engage in any of the four “subtle gestures” that, according to the MIT media lab, read as “untrustworthy?” If so, take note, and practice stopping these behaviors in order to avoid having others judge you based on unconscious movements. http://www.inc.com/sims-wyeth/4-gestures-that-turn-people-off-guess-what-they-are.html?cid=ps01902lead

If you’d like to watch a short video about this research, click here: http://hbr.org/video/3166586123001/trustworthy-signals

Na Pali Hike - Jessica Glazer - 2013
Na Pali Hike – Jessica Glazer – 2013

Walk with Me: Did you really need another reason to go outside and breathe in the gorgeous autumn air? You did? Okay! Here it is! According to the University of Michigan – and all parents who tell their kids to get outside and play with some friends – “group walks in nature are linked to with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.” Now, off the couch and out you go! Have a great weekend!